Lead author  Professor Amanda C. Pustilink, Professor of Law, at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Law & Neuroscience, says the use of Brain Imaging to study Chronic Pain is “still experimental”

Using Brain Imaging To Nail The Lie in Chronic Pain

Various imaging techniques are being developed to study chronic pain; fMRI is a front-runner in this respect. But can it be used to detect that a patient really has pain? Finding this out can have legal implications, as adjudicating claims and insurance disbursements depend on self-reported pain, and result in disputes. In a first of its kind, the International Association for the Study of Pain have come up with a Consensus Statement on the role of these imaging techniques, and have stated that they are experimental. Read more ….